Review of iPhone 5s: A great continuation of the line iPhone

At the beginning of September 2013, Apple introduced the expected upgrade their line of smartphones. Team Tim Cook has shown a logical continuation of the line of its flagship smartphone called the iPhone 5s, which remained virtually unchanged in appearance, acquired much more powerful stuffing. Now we will try to understand and learn what’s new in Apple offers us the iPhone 5s and whether to change your iPhone to the new model.


To begin offering touch exterior changes, which numbered just three. First, it should be said about the new body colors. If before we could buy a black and white iPhone 5, the iPhone 5s already available in three colors – gray with a black front panel, white and glamorous gold, which in the early days of sales on the gray market had a price tag of about 10,000 rubles higher than other models. Why is that, time will tell. Either we are dealing with a very limited edition golden iPhone 5s, or the demand for them is really very high.

The second difference from the previous generation phone has a dual LED flash True Tone, consisting of two LEDs – warm and cold. In a way, innovation is the system of True Tone. When you take a picture with the flash, the phone first measures the light and temperature of the light, and then fires a twin lamps in suitable proportions. We are talking about approximately 1,000 different combinations of light flashes, it will fit almost any shooting conditions in dim light. The result is a more vibrant color in photos with the built-in flash.

The third external difference – the button “Home”. She lost her business card in a gray box with rounded corners, but got an amazing ability to scan a fingerprint – Touch ID. It’s safe to say that the exchange of equal value, and for the sake of such a possibility is worth sacrificing these poor box. More details will touch on this technology below.

The appearance of iPhone 5s remained on top. As in the case of the “five”, accelerated version of the smartphone may be called the most beautiful phone on the market at the moment. Apple is no stranger to keep the bar above all the other competitors, and iPhone 5s, virtually unchanged in appearance in any way, once again proving the critics and potential buyers exactly what Apple is doing the best in terms of design finished product. No claims to the look we have not. Although, of course, a golden champagne color iPhone – it’s a little beyond comprehension of this writer.


Each new model of Apple’s smartphone has consistently pleases customers higher performance through improved hardware features, and it would be strange if it would be the opposite. At this time, the company’s engineers have outdone themselves, equipping iPhone 5s new 64-bit processor with a set of instructions A7 ARMv8. Produced processor Samsung, a Korean company and part-time “sworn friend Apple». The new chip A7 runs at a relatively low frequency of 1.3 GHz, which seems even more paltry when compared to the Android-rivals, who took the bar in the 2 GHz and ramp up the amount of RAM up to 3 gigabytes (in iPhone 5s and remained 1 GB of RAM ).

Yet this did not prevent the new smartphone is faster than its predecessor to become a factor of 2, as stated at the presentation. Although I would not even this statement in some cases argued. For example, in the benchmark 3DMark iPhone 5s ahead of the iPhone 5 is much larger than doubled – 13,768 points versus 5649. Agree, the difference is noticeable even far from such details to the user.

In optimized for 64-bit CPU benchmark Geekbench 3 new iPhone 5S again shows himself a stiff upper lip twice as large as the iPhone 5.

It should be noted that this synthetic tests and in fact specifically target of “synthetic” in choosing a smartphone is completely wrong, because these numbers have little to do with the actual performance and quality work. Surely there is a lot of Android-smartphone that will be able to show a much more serious figures in the same Geekbench, but none of the mill Android smartphone does not offer such a smooth operation of the system interface and third-party applications. In our case, it seemed that there is no place more quickly and smoothly, so to speak, that it became better and faster will not work. Faster – in some cases, yes, but the iPhone 5 at the moment to offer excellent performance.

Of course, thanks to the new processor, iPhone 5s wins in speed, but it is understandable – after all, still talking on the phone, which is two times more powerful than the previous generation, and the results of synthetic benchmarks confirm this. It is likely in the near future will be optimized applications for the new processor, and then the difference will be really visible and tangible.

You can not forget about the coprocessor and M7, which made its debut in the iPhone 5s. It is paired with the A7, but its objective is the removal and processing of sensor smartphone, in order not to load the main processor, thus reducing energy consumption. Coprocessor will certainly appreciate the developers of sports applications, as an opportunity to reduce power consumption while maintaining the accuracy of the tracking sensor readings, is ideal for those who use these applications. In fact, as in the 64-bit processor, A7, and a coprocessor movement M7 great future. For example, as you switch on the idea of ​​pedestrian navigation in the cards as soon as you got out of the car? It’s real today.


While other manufacturers are increasing the number of cores in the processors overclock their frequency and set a few dozen megapixels photosensors, Apple keeps 8-megapixel matrix, however, increases in the size of the pixel itself. Now Apple smartphone sports a pixel size of 1,5 μ, whereas in the previous-generation iPhone is the number equal to 1,4 μ. Although in fairness it should be noted that the size of a pixel on the camera’s sensor in the iPhone 4 even more – 1,75 μ. While no iPhone still falls short of this parameter to the giant “ultrapikseley» HTC One (their size is 2 microns, but the number of too little). 4 megapixels is enough to see the photo on the screen, but on the large display clearly noticeable lack of detail. iPhone 5s deprived of such a problem thanks to an 8-megapixel matrix. Compared to the iPhone 5, the novelty has also increased and the lens aperture – aperture is now f2.2, not f2.4.

Luggage become better not only “iron” side, but also with programming. Why should only the video in 120 frames per second in HD-resolution! How to use it? Generally allow myself to doubt that this feature will be widely used by all owners of iPhone 5s. Of course, the first time opening the app “Camera” each will try to remove something spectacular – passing cat, a bird fly past, leaving train station, but a few will then use this opportunity in the future (by the way, this mode is called “slow”).

Also has improved night mode, although we did not notice any glaring improvements in this regard. In any case, the lack of light – a problem for virtually any camera, especially cameras with a matrix of small size. But here we must again remember the double flash of True Tone, which will help to make a good shot of people in the dark, so do not mention improvements in this regard would be wrong.

Thanks to the system-on-chip A7 (SoC), which is also used to evaluate the image produced by the matrix smart phone, the phone will be able to more accurately assess the white balance, exposure and focus exhibit. A new iPhone 5s is the focusing array of 15 pixels, which is typical for expensive compact cameras or “SLR” budget segment. You can not lose sight of the new system and image stabilization, the camera is transparent to you instantly make a few shots in a row and glues them into one clear image without a “smear” and “shake” the problems in the photos are not very good light.

Stitch has also undergone some upgrade – super-wide photo now removed about 50% faster at a speed of 30 frames per second. This means that even when shooting in the frame was moving object, its distortion in the image will be minimal.


In addition to the improved camera, new colors and accelerated processors there was something else at the presentation that has given many the confidence to buy a new iPhone. This feature is support for LTE-network in Russia. Of course, support for LTE appeared in the previous generation iPhone, but by the decision of Apple, the domestic rate “five” is not supported. This time it was different, and this we have already mentioned on our site.

However, at the time of writing, support for LTE, no one never came. So far we have seen two of the most real causes of this. First voiced our colleagues from the

The theoretical possibility of blocking is. In this case, technically no problem for the new iPhone 4G networks in Russian now not – network ready, SIM-card is. So the only option is an artificial lock on the initiative of Apple.

We, in turn, few doubt the correctness of such opinions. In February of this year, nearly broke the litigation between Apple and one of the Asian operators, which Apple has decided to restrict access to the networks of LTE. It is unlikely that the company will once again put at risk just for the sake of petty mischief Russian operators. Most likely at this point refers to the fact that in the absence of the PCT model iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, operators simply do not take the time to update the ipcc. Carrier Bundle – profile of the home network for the phone. We believe that in the near future this issue will be resolved, and the Russians will be able to surf the web at high speed. Incidentally, we conducted a brief test LTE-network “Megaphone” and were satisfied.

Touch ID

And at the end of the talk about the most delicious innovation of iPhone 5s – the Fingerprint Reader. Of course, Apple can not be called a pioneer in this business – telephones, recognizing his master on one hand, has already appeared on the market, but is unlikely that many of our readers will be able to name more than 2-3 models, the vast majority, and did not name a single one. On the other hand, Apple will be exactly the kind of company that will force competitors to show similar solutions to their smartphones and tablets after a while. Can I Touch ID name of the function, because of which there is a change on the iPhone 4/4s/5 iPhone 5s? Categorically yes.

It’s not even the fact that Apple offers users unlock new method. B did not confirm purchases in the App and iTunes Store. Rather, all together. Together, let us recall, in which cases we often enter the password on your phone? Shopping at online music stores applications and Apple? Yes. Unlocking the phone? Of course. You have in fact is a password on the phone, or you are willing to part with all your passwords, pin-codes cards and other sensitive information? Personally, I’m not ready for this, because my phone knows too much.

Protection fingerprint – it’s probably a good idea. We have ten fingers, stylus, so why not weave the possibility of removing the password, these same stylus, if they are always with us. A separate credit goes to the realization of the idea – you awaken your phone by pressing the button on the changed “Home” … and everything! Phone immediately throws you to the home screen with icons for applications and allows you to do with it what you want. No need svaypat on the screen, navigate to the password. No need to spend time on the set of numbers. Just touch a button and within seconds you’re able to launch applications, read e-mail and do all the things you used to do. The same goes for the confirmation of the password in the App Store.

On the other hand, it would be completely unfair to say that the first day of iPhone 5s may slightly spoil the experience. For example, our phone even said that the fingerprint reader does not work and try later, can work. The problem was solved reboot, but osadochek remained. The next day, after a few hundred unlocks by fingerprint, the problems are not gone – the phone used to the new owner and recognize fingerprints on a solid top five.

The results

Should I upgrade? Yes! Should I upgrade just for the sake Touch ID? Definitely accurate. It is good if the new iPhone? Better and faster than the former! So if you have the opportunity to purchase a new device generation, then take it, without hesitation. Apple has turned the next great smartphone, fast, such as beautiful as the previous one. Great continuation of the line iPhone.

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